Have you ever been at a social event and your friend or spouse had something stuck in their teeth? It’s super noticeable, but you don’t want to point it out in front of everyone. So, you try to be discreet. You give them a little nudge or point to your own teeth… But they’re just not taking the hint. The same thing happens with your body when you’re dehydrated. We all need water to survive, but most of us aren’t getting enough of it. Our bodies are trying to tell us – but we’re not taking the hint! If you’re wondering if you could be dehydrated, here are three ways your body might be letting you know:
1. Your Breath is Funky
We all have bad breath from time to time, especially in the morning or during a sickness. You may also notice bad breath other times, like after you eat garlicky snacks. But another major cause of bad breath is reduced saliva.
Saliva has a powerful cleaning benefit that helps reduce bad breath. But, when you’re dehydrated, your body produces less saliva. And when you’re low on saliva, bacteria can grow, and bad breath can flourish.
2. Your Skin Is Losing Elasticity
If you walk down the beauty section of a store, you’ll see shelf after shelf lined with lotions. Their labels tout about how moisturizing and hydrating their creams are. It may lead you to wonder if there’s a difference between the two. The answer is yes.
Dehydrated skin occurs when there’s a lack of water in your skin. When it comes to dry skin, however, water may not be the problem. Dry skin is a particular skin type (like oily or combination skin), so it takes on a flaky, sometimes rough look.
A quick way to tell the difference is the pinch test:
- Pinch a tiny bit of skin on the back of your hand or forearm. Hold it for a few seconds and release.
- If your skin snaps back to normal very quickly, you’re probably not dehydrated.
- If you see a delay in the “snap back” response, you’re likely dehydrated.
3. Your Skin is More Acne-Prone
Has your skin been breaking out a lot lately? You could have toxins building up inside, causing inflammation that shows up in the skin.
Probably the most essential part of doing a Cleanse is to be fully hydrated. You can’t just expect SP Cleanse to do all the magic on its own! You want to be sweating, pooping, and flushing out toxins like there’s no tomorrow. And if you haven’t been drinking enough water, you’ll be at a disadvantage for doing all these things.
So, put the Benzoyl Peroxide aside and reach for another glass of water!
4. Your Sweet Tooth is Bugging You
Having an insatiable craving for something sugary? Before you reach for that ice cream scoop, try drinking a glass of water. When your body is dehydrated, your organs – which use water – have a more difficult time releasing glycogen (stored glucose) into the bloodstream for fuel. That’s why dehydration may cause an increase in sugar cravings.
Dehydrated? You Need to Drink Up!
If you struggle getting in enough water, we have you covered! Here are three simple ways to rehydrate in no time.
- Drink even when you’re not thirsty. By the time you feel thirsty, it could already be too late.
- Take a breather on drinks that don’t hydrate. The major offenders are soda, coffee, and alcohol.
- Add Celtic sea salt to your water. The minerals in Celtic sea salt help the body to better absorb water so you stay optimally hydrated for longer periods of time.
Ever since we were children, we heard about how our bodies are 60% – 80% water. But as adults, it’s easy to forget how important H2O is for our health. The good news is – it’s never too late to start upping your water intake.
Try out one of the above tips and start replenishing your body today!